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In 1914, after undergraduate studies in architecture at Princeton, Rolf Bauhan and his roommate, Hobey (Hobert) Baker, motorcycled through Europe and joined the aviation section of the army's signal corps in World War I.

Following the war, Bauhan earned his master's degree at Princeton and was chosen to direct the restoration of Europe's badly damaged cathedrals. Bauhan was instrumental in establishing the School of Architecture at Princeton University. As designer of approximately 300 homes in the Princeton and New Hope areas, mainly in the Georgian and colonial styles, Bauhan was said to have "built half of Princeton."

He also served as a consultant on the restoration of Williamsburg. He was responsible for many buildings at the Hun School and Solebury School, an he restored Princeton's Morven House, residence of New Jersey's governors. Bauhan also designed the Solebury Township Building, the Union Paper Mills office building, and the Robert Charles Home on River Road. In 1954, Bauhan designed buildings for the Princeton University Housing Corporation, an experimental housing project for faculty members. Bauhan painted in watercolors, primarily as a hobby.

Education & Community

Education and Training

B.A. in Architecture, Princeton University, 1910-1914
M.F.A., Princeton University, 1919

Connection to Buck County
In the early 1920s, Rolf Bauhan visited William Lathrop, whose paintings Bauhan admired. Later, he married Elizabeth Lathrop, one of William and Annie's five daughters. Elizabeth had studied with architect/craftsman Morgan Colt. She taught art and art history at private schools and was the interior designer for many of the homes Bauhan designed in Princeton. They settled in Jericho Valley, Bucks County in the 1940s.

Colleagues and Affiliations
Bauhan and Lathrop were good friends (as well as father- and son in-law). Bauhan helped Lathrop build his famous sailing boat, The Widge. In 1928, a committee was formed to purchase the mill building at Phillips' Mill from Dr. Marshall. It had been used for social gatherings by many of the area artists. Bauhan served as the architect on this committee. He was a member of the New Hope Historical Society, the Bucks County Historical Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
William Bauhan, the son of Rolf and Elizabeth, donated Lathrop archival material to the Michener Art Museum.


Affiliations and Memberships
Planning consultant for New Jersey and a member of the Federal Public Works of Art committee for the Princeton, New Jersey district

Member of the New Hope and Bucks County Historical Societies, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Phillips' Mill Community Association

William L. Lathrop archival collection, donated by William Bauhan (son of Rolf) to the James A. Michener Art Museum archives

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